April 4th, 2013
Whenever Middlebury hosts an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game, I buy extra tickets and wait for the phone call that always comes: “Karl, can you get me a ticket to the Middlebury basketball game?”
“Why, yes I can.”
This is a call, not so long ago, I never imagined getting. I love it. In the past, even when the Panthers were pretty good, the team played before mostly empty seats.
If Vermont Gas has learned anything from Phase I of its proposed natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury, it should have been that it’s worthwhile to do things right the first time through. In practical terms that means slowing down, making sure the public is thoroughly involved and on board as much as possible, and putting the landowners whose properties are being considered for the pipeline first and foremost in their priorities.
I have a favorite moment at Middlebury College basketball games. It’s when François Clemmons begins to sing the National Anthem.
I dreaded the Anthem when I was an athlete. I was ready to play the game. Starters had been announced and were out on the playing surface, tense, excited, full of adrenaline. Let’s go!
Then we had to wait, often for a scratchy recording, sometimes for a live singer, who sang at a funereal pace.
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., recently announced that he would not run for re-election in 2014. Johnson’s announcement could impact the career of Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy over the next two years.
We are surrounded by marble and granite, so much so that we rarely give it a thought. Much of the state is made of the stuff, our mountains and courthouses and old inns.
Marble and granite are among our most famous exports. When we see TV images of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, we are looking at pieces of Vermont.
What happens, though, when we see the stone itself as art?
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last Friday were called to investigate a burglary at a Starksboro home in which a neighbor interrupted the thieves apparently in the act of stealing guns.
According to Senior Trooper Justin Busby, Shane Manning and Kenneth Lemieux, both 23 and both from Starksboro, were surprised by a neighbor while they were inside a Shaker Hill Road home without permission at a little before 2 p.m. on March 29. The two men ran from the residence with stolen firearms and ammunition and attempted to hide down an embankment, Busby reported.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Dennis Bonnin, 32, of Middlebury for domestic assault, following an incident at a John Graham Court residence on March 31. Police said that Bonnin is alleged to have struck a woman in the head. He was lodged that evening at the Marble Valley Correctional Center, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a domestic disturbance at a Seminary Street residence on March 25.
BRISTOL — Bristol police last week cited an employee of Champlain Farms for embezzlement from the state liquor store in the Main Street business.
The Vermont Department of Liquor Control conducted an audit of the store after flagging suspicious activity related to sales transactions on the liquor store cash register, and on March 22 handed the results to the Bristol Police Department. Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said it was determined that liquor inventory worth more than $5,000 was unaccounted for.